How To Setup Windows Live Mail For Gmail

Despite the plethora of email platforms available currently, Windows Live Mail is still a popular choice among numerous users. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to configure Gmail on Windows Live Mail – a relatively easy and uncomplicated procedure.

Preparing your Gmail account

Before you start configuring Windows Live Mail, you need to enable IMAP settings in your Gmail account. This is a necessary step to configure any mail client, not just Windows Live Mail.

To do this:

  1. Log into your Gmail account.
  2. Click on the gear icon at the top right and select Settings.
  3. Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  4. In the IMAP Access section, select Enable IMAP.
  5. Click on Save Changes.

Setting up Gmail on Windows Live Mail

Open your Windows Live Mail client and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Accounts tab and then select Email.
  2. Enter your Gmail email address and password.
  3. Ensure the Manually configure server settings box is checked and click on Next.
  4. In the incoming server information, select IMAP as the server type. The server address should be and the port should be 993.
  5. Check the Requires a secure connection (SSL) box.
  6. In the outgoing server information, the server address should be and the port should be 587.
  7. Check the Requires a secure connection (SSL) box and also check the Requires authentication box.
  8. Click on Next and then Finish.

Your Gmail account should now be set up with Windows Live Mail. If you encounter any issues, it’s worth checking your Gmail settings again and ensuring they match the ones listed above.

Wrap Up

Windows Live Mail is a powerful tool when set up correctly. Hopefully, this guide has helped you configure your Gmail account with ease. Enjoy the convenience of managing your Gmail account right from your desktop!